This hurts me more than it hurts you

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Blog

Dear Mark’s Work Wearhouse,

We’ve had some good times, you and me.

Remember that time you sold me my first pair of steel-toed boots? Or that time I didn’t think it was possible to find a flannel plaid shirt that would be considered ‘formal’, until you proved me wrong?

Or how about the first time I bought Carhartt pants from you? I’ll never forget that day.

But Mark’s Work Wearhouse, there’s something I need to tell you.

There’s another store.

No, no, it’s not what you think. I haven’t bought anything from L.L. Bean. Or even Bass Pro Shop. Nothing like that, Mark’s Work Wearhouse.

You see, it’s the markets here in Uganda.

Today I bought a plaid shirt for 60 cents.

I know, I know, I told you I’d never buy plaid from anybody else.

But how can you beat those prices, Mark’s Work Wearhouse?

I had to cross open sewers, walk past fly-infested butcher shops and elbow my way through piles of produce to get to the young guy selling shirts off the top of a pile of clothes in the market.

Sure, your sales people are friendly, and your quality second-to-none. But it’s the atmosphere. Your suburban stylings just can’t compare.

I think it’s time we moved on. Or at least took a break.

Don’t get too upset. There are other 20-something fellas out there with a penchant for plaid.

At least I think there are.

With affection, and a healthy dose of guilt,


  1. Shannon says:

    Wow. Chris has clothes guilt. I never thought I’d live to see the day.

    Let’s see how long that 60 cent shirt holds up.

    Is plaid subtly different in Uganda? On a bit of an angle? Different ratio (of what to what, I don’t know)?

  2. cmason2 says:

    The plaid is remarkably similar. Though no flannel. Which surprises me, given that any time the temperatures drops below, say, 23 degrees, people start pulling out winter jackets and toques.

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